Sebastian Vettel showed that there were no ill-effects of his shock crash at Hockenheim one week ago, as he led the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo in the second Free Practice session at the Hungaroring on Friday...
Having posted a quickest time of 1m 16.834s, Vettel finished the session just 0.074s ahead of Verstappen, while Ricciardo was 0.227s behind the German. Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, meanwhile, 0.319s behind his team mate.
So, is it looking likely to be a Ferrari vs Red Bull fight in qualifying? It certainly seemed so based on the teams’ qualifying simulations in FP2, with the fastest lap fifth-placed Lewis Hamilton could muster on the ultrasoft tyre some 0.75s off that of Vettel, while Valtteri Bottas in sixth failed to even get within a second of the leading Ferrari. However, it's worth nothing that neither Mercedes driver managed a full, clean flying lap, so the Silver Arrows will be hoping to be closer to the front come qualifying.
Bottas’ lap saw him set a time just under two-tenths faster than the Haas of Romain Grosjean, who proved to be the quickest of the midfield runners. In Hungary, Renault had been hoping to trump Haas’ recent speed advantage on a track more suited to their car. Despite that, Carlos Sainz finished the session 0.43s adrift of Grosjean in P8, while team mate Nico Hulkenberg, whose running was limited after the team replaced his Energy Store, was 14th.